But there was one imperial dynasty from the Indian sub-continent which took the names of their mothers for their royal title. This culture of matriname though not exactly a matrilineal line was quite an aberration in the scheme of things. That ancient dynasty of India is now known as the Satavahanas who ruled a vast part of the Deccan , roughly corresponding to parts of modern south India today. The etymology of Deccan has come from the local word for south — Dakkhin.

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Plot[ edit ] Gautamiputra Satakarni Nandamuri Balakrishna is the 2nd century AD Satavahana ruler of Amaravati whose childhood dream is to unite and get all of the 32 kingdoms in the country under one roof in order to stop internal collisions between the rulers and establish peace.

He takes an oath on his mother Gautami Balashri Hema Malini , starts his mission at the age of 18, and gives only two options to the kings on his way: peace by surrendering their sword or war. After 18 long years, he takes the entire South India under his control. On the other side, Nahapana Kabir Bedi the important ruler of the Western Kshatrapas , is a very powerful and villainous person who forcibly locks up the princes of his feudatory kingdoms as royal prisoners to protect his kingdom by four sides.

Now, it is a difficult task to Satakarni to reach Nahapana, so he uses a strategy and decides to go along with his son Pulumavi to the battlefield. However, Vashishthi opposes, but Satakarni still ruthlessly does so. Parallelly, Greek Emperor Demetrius David Manucharov is waiting at the border for the result of their battle, thereafter to conquer the country. In the way, he assures the feudatory kings to safeguard and secure their children. After that, Satakarni returns to Amaravathi, brings the 32 swords which he has obtained from the rulers of India which also reflects his age in reverse i.

Everybody welcomes him with great enlightenment and joy, but his wife Vashishthi is fed up with his dictatorial mentality and lust-born nature. She decides to leave him, but now he has to perform Rajasuya Yaaga , a grand ritual which is impossible without a wife.

On the request of her mother-in-law, Vashishthi agrees to stay until its completion. During the time of the ritual, the Emperor most give Agra Pooja special honor to the topmost person in the kingdom. Satakarni gives it to his mother by spreading the greatness of women and there onwards, he changes his name as Gautamiputra Satakarni and also names his son as Vasishthiputra Pulumavi, where his wife Vasishthi realizes her mistake and understands the virtue of her husband.

Here, Satakarni declares a new era calling Salivahana Sakha and the day starting as Ugadi. On that night, Kanjira Milind Gunaji , one of the feudatory kings, backstabs by aiding Demetrius and makes his men enter into the fort to knock out Satakarni, but Gautami Balashri protects her son by breaking up their tactics.

Now, Satakarni learns that Demetrius has arrived into the borders of Sindhu Kingdom to conquer the country, whose army is 10 times more than him. Even then, he gets ready for the final battle. At that point in time, his wife Vashishthi gets a few bad signs that someone has poisoned her husband, so she requests him not to avoid this battle when Satakarni explains her regarding his childhood dream of uniting the entire country which he had done so.

Now, he has to protect it from invaders by exorcizing them. He does not have a choice except for the victory or heroic paradise.

Gauthami Balasri consults a Bhikkhu explains to him regarding these bad signs who give an antidote to the poison. At last, Satakarni reaches the Sindhu Kingdom. During the first day of battle, Satakrani destroys almost half of the Greek army.

There, Demetrius understands that it is difficult to conquer India until Satakarni is alive. He sends a women named Athena Farah Karima to Satakarni as a messenger. However, Satakarni is attracted to her and tries to woo her. Unfortunately, he falls for her trap by drinking poison upon thinking it was fruit juice which Athena brought with her.

He later finds out that he drank poison by finding foam from his mouth and immediately faints shouting loudly, "Donga Munda". The next day, when Satakarni is under treatment, all other Kings are under dichotomy whether to fight or return, but they understand the real aim of Satakarni is not only to win the country, but he also wants to develop unity among them, so they all decide either to win or die in the battle. Meanwhile, Satakarni wakes up from the deathbed, reaches the battlefield, now slapping both thighs simultaneously he defeats Demetrius and leaves him alive, affirming that "Nobody can destroy the Unity of India" and again slaps his thigh shouting "Jai Chennakesava".


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Rama Rao also supports this theory on the basis of coins discovered in the eastern Deccan region. Although coins can travel via trade, Chattopadhyaya believes that the Nashik inscription corroborates this theory. And that cave the great queen, mother of a Maharaja and grandmother of a Maharaja, gives to the Sangha of monks in the person of the fraternity of the Bhadavaniyas; and for the sake of the embellishment of that cave, with a view to honour and please the great queen his grandmother, her grandson lord of [Dakshina]patha, making over the merit of the gift to his father, grants to this meritorious donation vis. Renunciation to the enjoyments of every kind. However, there is no historical evidence of this.


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